| You have the power to help save our farms and farmland. Support Delaware farmers and farmers markets by taking these simple actions:
Cleaning Up the Chesapeake Bay: Make Agriculture a Key Player
In May 2009, President Barack Obama issued an executive order for a fresh look at the federal government’s role in Chesapeake Bay cleanup. The EPA and four cabinet-level departments recently released draft reports that estimate meeting water quality goals will require a 44 percent reduction of nitrogen entering the bay. Agriculture is one of the contributors to pollution in the bay, and reducing run-off while ensuring farms stay in business is no easy task. Fortunately there are some tools that that help farmers improve water quality, while allowing them to keep the farm business alive.
Delaware Is Saving Farmland
Delaware’s Agricultural Lands Preservation Program is the state’s farmland protection program. There are now 129,163 acres in 519 Agricultural Preservation Districts and district expansions in Delaware. The program has been successful in striking a balance between two important goals: preserving a critical mass of crop and forest land and open space to sustain Delaware's number one industry and quality of life, and providing landowners an opportunity to preserve their land in the face of increasing development pressures and decreasing commodity values. More Information: Delaware’s Agricultural Lands Preservation Program
Mid-Atlantic States Director
1200 18th Street, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
(p) 202-378-1235 (f) 202-659-8339
To learn more about agriculture in your state, visit the Delaware state profile page at the Farmland Information Center.